Leicester sacking: Thai Scandal was “the final straw”…

The BBC are reporting that Nigel Pearson’s sacking yesterday was linked to the ‘Thai Racist orgy’ scandal that involved his son James…

Leicester City celebrations, Sky Bet Championship, 5 May 2014,

BBC Sport’s Pat Murphy has claimed that the sacking was “definitely not a football issue”.
“There is no doubt that the image and the reputation of the club in their homeland of Thailand has been damaged by the behaviour of, among others, the manager’s son James on the ‘goodwill’ tour to Thailand.”
But Murphy, who clashed with Pearson after Ostrich-Gate also added: “But fundamentally, should the sins of the son be visited on the father? In footballing terms this is very harsh on Pearson.”

There are rumours that Pearson senior thought that his son’s actions were not as bad as those of Tom Hopper and Adam Smith and that the three cases should have been dealt with separately, rather than sacking them all.
After several controversies surrounding Pearson this season it seems as though the owners had lost patience, despite the late rally that saved City’s Premier League place.

This leaves Leicester looking for a new manager as the squad returns to pre-season training… hardly an ideal position to be in and we can only hope they have a very good replacement lined up and ready to come in.

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Nigel Pearson parts company with Leicester City

In a shock announcement this evening the club have issued the following statement… 

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“The Board of Directors recognises the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City during his two spells in charge of the Club, particularly during the last three and a half years. However, it has become clear to the Club that fundamental differences in perspective exist between us. Regrettably, the Club believes that the working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable.”

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The Huth – You Can’t Handle the Huth

Good news from the KPS this evening – Leicester City have secured last season’s loan signing Robert Huth on a permanent three year deal…

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

The big German central-defender played a huge role in City’s turn-around in fortunes towards the end of last season as the club pulled off an unprecedented escape from a seemingly hopeless bottom place in the Premier League.
He was a solid presence in the heart of the defence after his arrival in January, and his domination in the air cut off the supply line of balls into the penalty area that had previously been so damaging to City



City fans will be delighted at this signing – and now all eyes will be on Esteban Cambiasso in the hope that he will follow suit…

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Good start but tough end for Leicester City in 2015-16

The 2015-16 Premier League fixtures have been released…

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

City have a relatively smooth re-entry into Premier League business in August kicking off with Sunderland at home, followed by West Ham away, Spurs at home and then Bouremouth away on the Bank Holiday weekend, a fixture which should ensure a stampede for the limited number of tickets.
City will need some points on the board before a tough looking December when there are trips to Swansea, Everton and Liverpool (on Boxing Day) with City entertaining Chelsea and Manchester City at the KPS.
The end of the season also looks tough, with the last two away trips being Manchester United and Chelsea….

Full list HERE.

Read it before SKY and BT tear it to shreads.

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The Rise and Rise of Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy became the first Leicester City player to pull on an England shirt for over ten years in Dublin last week…

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Rejected by Sheffield Wednesday at 16, Stocksbridge Park Steels, FC Halifax, Fleetwood Town, Leicester City in the Championship, and then the Premier League, England….
It is the sort of dizzying rise that might be rejected by the scriptwriters at Roy of the Rovers for being a little too fantastic.
After breaking the transfer record for a non-league player when he moved from Fleetwood to Leicester Vardy had a patchy time with City. Although he got goals early on in the 2012-13 season he later suffered a crisis of confidence which led to him questioning his own talents and considering quitting the game.
But he bounced back to make a huge impact on City’s Championship title-winning season, scoring 16 goals.

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Although Vardy got off to a decent start in the Premier League, and scored and generally terrorised Manchester United’s defence in the famous 5-3 win, he then went on a long goalless streak that co-incided with City’s terrible autumn and winter.
But, once again, he bounced back and hit a run of form that played a big part in City’s miraculous Great Escape.
He scored at Tottenham, and struck the vital winners at West Brom and Burnley before eventually finding the net at the King Power Stadium again in the last day 5-1 win against QPR.
His 2014-15 season wasn’t over, however, as he replaced Wayne Rooney with fifteen minutes of the game against Dublin remaining, and made a good account of himself in a game almost without incident.
He was the first City player to appear in an England shirt since Ian Walker in 2004.
Hopefully he will continue to move onwards and upwards for Leicester and England next season…

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Rangers rocked as Leicester end the season in style

Leicester City 5:1 Queens Park Rangers

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

City signed off the remarkable 2014-15 season with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over QPR at the KPS on Sunday…
Tradition demands that Leicester’s last game of the season is something of a carnival – this was the Birch’s 35th annual run –  and this year the atmosphere was boosted further as the incredible and unprecedented Great Escape was celebrated.
Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side from the Sunderland game that confirmed City’s Premier League place for next season, and they soon set about already-relegated Rangers.
Vardy set up Ulloa for a curling effort which went narrowly wide and then Schlupp fired into the side-netting before City took a 16th minute lead.

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

A long range effort from Mahrez caused keeper McCarthy problems and he presented the ball, gift-wrapped, for Vardy who had only to pass the ball into the net from close in.
With the City defence looking solid QPR were restricted to off-target efforts from Phillips and Onuoha, while Ulloa fired over from an Albrighton cross.
City then doubled their lead two minutes before the break when good work from Schlupp saw the ball sit up for Albrighton inside the area and his emphatic connection with the ball didn’t give McCarthy a chance to move.

Six minutes after the break the free flags were waving again as Ulloa diverted a Morgan shot into the net to make it 3-0 and a fourth followed a minute later. An Albrighton cross saw a headed clearance from Dunne, which fell for Cambiasso who despatched it precisely across McCarthy and into the far corner on the half-volley.
Five minutes later the QPR fans had something to cheer when Austin nodded home from a Barton cross, but even that was tinged with sadness as his wave to the away corner was surely a farewell.
The question of whether Cambiasso was also waving goodbye when he made way for Drinkwater in the 76th minute will also be answered in time, though he was left in no doubt as to whether the fans wanted him to stay.

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers, Barclays Premier, 24  May 2015

With four minutes remaining City hit a fifth when a Schmeichel clearance saw Ulloa win a challenge and send Kramarić in down the right. His shot across McCarthy was his first goal in front of the home crowd.

The final whistle brought the curtain down on a remarkable season, in which City spent 140 days at the foot of the Premier League, but somehow rescued themselves, even achieving a mid-table 14th place.
As the entire staff, players, wives, girlfiends and kids went on a Lap of Appreciation it felt a little bit like instant promotion.
It may turn out to be one of the biggest turning points in the history of our club…

Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski (De Laet 46), Morgan, Huth, Schlupp, King, Albrighton, Cambiasso (Drinkwater 76), Ulloa, Vardy (Kramarić 65), Mahrez, Subs Not Used: Konchesky, Hammond, Schwarzer, Wood.
QPR: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Austin, Fer, Yun (Kpekawa 85), Onuoha, Henry (Comley 80), Dunne, Grego-Cox. Subs Not Used: Murphy, Hoilett, Doughty, Furlong, Petrasso.

Referee: M Oliver. Attendance: 31, 467.

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Leicester pull off the Greatest Escape

Sunderland 0:0 Leicester City

Sunderland vLeicester City, Barclays Premier, 16 May, 2015

A 0-0 draw at the Sunderland Stadium of Light on Saturday meant that City will be playing in the Premier League next season, thanks to their incredible late season revival…

Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with King replacing the injured James.
It was Sunderland who got off to a strong start in front of a large and tense crowd, and Larsson’s clever free-kick towards the near-post almost caught out Schmeichel with everyone expecting a cross.
City’s first chance came when Cambiasso.delivered a cross which Albrighton nodded towards Ulloa but it was just too high for the Argentinian to reach,
In the 23rd minute Sunderland went close again when a Cattermole chip over the defence saw Graham clear on goal but Schmeichel was well placed to block his effort on the turn.

 Sunderland vLeicester City, Barclays Premier, 16 May, 2015

The game tightened up further at this stage and very little of note happened up to the break.City weren’t playing with their usual vibrant style of the last few weeks, but they were breaking up Sunderland’s play very well.
Almost inevitably, it was 0-0 at half-time…

Sunderland vLeicester City, Barclays Premier, 16 May, 2015

City had the first chance of the second half when Ulloa nodded an Albrighton cross narrowly wide, but it was the action elsewhere in the country that caused the biggest excitement in the crowd as news of a Spurs goal against Hull filtered through the stadium.
Albrighton delivered another good ball into the middle but Cambiasso couldn’t find the finishing touch.

Sunderland vLeicester City, Barclays Premier, 16 May, 2015

Meanwhile, in London, QPR overturned a Newcastle lead, while Tottenham went further ahead against Hull and all City had to do was maintain the goalless scoreline…
Sunderland pursued a priceless winner, and van Aanholt and Johnson both went close, but the City defence. marshalled by the magnificent Huth, never looked stretched.
City almost snatched a winner when Pantilimon underestimated Vardy’s pace and had to put in a crashing challenge on him on the edge of the box. The loose ball fell nicely for Kramarić but he hurried what should have been a simple chip into an empty net and his effort went high and wide.

The final whistle brought a subdued reaction from the home support, in contrast to the celebrating Leicester players and fans. City had pulled off an incredible Houdini style escape act – so unbelievable that it is still sinking in.

We are Premier League!

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones (Reveillere 85), van Aanholt, O’Shea, Coates, Bridcutt (Johnson 60), Cattermole, Larsson, Wickham, Graham (Fletcher 80), Defoe. Subs Not Used: Giaccherini, Vergini, Buckley, Mannone.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan, Albrighton, Cambiasso, Mahrez (Drinkwater 66), King, Schlupp, Ulloa (Kramarić 74), Vardy. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Konchesky, Hammond, Schwarzer, Wood.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 46,705. 
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